Associate in Science Degrees
The associate in science (A.S.) degree gives students the option of completing a degree in two years and starting a career. Alternatively, students may apply their earned credits toward a bachelor’s degree. Many of FSCJ’s A.S. degrees are designed specifically for seamless transition into one of our associated bachelor degrees. Specific program articulation agreements allow for the transfer to a bachelor’s degree in a related field of study at a state college or state public university upon degree completion. Visit the Associate in Science for Baccalaureate Transfer catalog page for more information.
Proof of course attendance, course completion or specific documentation required to fulfill certification or licensure requirements will be provided by the Instructional Program Manager or Dean.
Not all of the A.S. degree programs are available at each of the College’s campuses. However, the general education requirements and many of the required courses are available at all campuses as well as at selected off-campus centers and sites, and online.
Associate in Science Admissions Requirements
To meet the minimum requirement for acceptance to associate in science degrees at Florida State College at Jacksonville, students must:
Meet the General Admissions Eligibility Criteria.
Some associate in science programs are limited and/or selective access programs requiring specific admission criteria. Information pertaining to special selection and admission criteria may be obtained on the program pages in this catalog.
The Associate in Science degree programs are intended primarily for students who desire to complete an Associate in Science degree or an Associate in Applied Science degree and become employed. Students who decide to pursue baccalaureate transfer study must meet certain course and test requirements.
Internal Baccalaureate Transfer
Students who have completed an associate in science degree are eligible for admission into the majority of Florida State College at Jacksonville’s 13 bachelor of applied science or bachelor of science degrees. Certain associate in science/associate in applied science degrees are transferable to related baccalaureate degree programs at Florida State College at Jacksonville. The number of transferable credit hours is dependent on the completed associate in science degree and the intended baccalaureate degree program. Supervision and Management (S100) (B.A.S.) is designed to maximize transfer credit opportunities for those students with the associate in science degree.
External Baccalaureate Transfer
Students graduating from Florida State College at Jacksonville with an associate in science (A.S.) degree may articulate into the corresponding bachelor’s degree program with junior-level standing at designated universities within the state university system, under the Statewide Articulation Agreement (SBE Rule 6A-10-024).
Students who intend to transfer to a state university upper division upon receipt of the associate in science degree are not guaranteed admission to a state university. However, graduates of any associate in science degree program may articulate all general education courses and may articulate some technical courses from that program into the corresponding baccalaureate programs in the state university system. Students with degrees not covered under statewide articulation agreements who plan to transfer to a state university should contact a counselor or advisor to assist in identifying courses that will ensure the maximum number of course credits are transferred.
Co-operative Learning and/or Internship Opportunities Programs
Some associate in science degree programs at Florida State College at Jacksonville require an internship experience as part of the program of study.
Preparing students for the workplace is the goal of the associate in science degree programs at Florida State College at Jacksonville. Not only must students complete degree and certificate programs having mastered employment-related skills, but they must also have the interpersonal skills that allow them to contribute and be productive and successful in the workplace. The Co-op and Internship Opportunities Programs allow the student a chance to practice these skills while earning credit towards their degree or certificate.
The internship, which provides the student with real experience in a chosen field of specialization, is an important component in most technical degree programs. Upon a student’s completion of these programs, the College is certifying that the student can perform certain employment-related skills. Such certification is not possible unless the student has performed in some type of work environment.
Objectives of the Co-op/Internship Program:
to gain practical work experience
to gain insight into the daily functioning of the workplace
to gain knowledge and understanding of interpersonal dynamics
to apply the skills and knowledge learned in the classroom
to exercise ethical responsibilities expected of company personnel
to personally evaluate these experiences
to expose the student to the processes involved in acquiring a position
The College does not guarantee employment. Selection of a particular student to fill a job is at the sole discretion of the employer and not within the control of the College. This means neither the College nor any of its representatives can guarantee a paid or unpaid co-op/internship placement.
Associate in Science Graduation Requirements
In order to be awarded the associate in science degree, students must have met the following requirements:
Fulfill all academic requirements for the chosen program of study as outlined in the Florida State College at Jacksonville catalog and curriculum.
Earned a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (C) at Florida State College at Jacksonville in courses eligible toward the Associate in Science degree programs, excluding developmental education courses (A.S. Florida State College at Jacksonville GPA).
Earned an all-college cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (C) on a 4.0 scale on all courses attempted. This includes Florida State College at Jacksonville college-credit semester hours and transferred credits (excluding developmental education) in lower division courses (All college cumulative).
Complete a minimum of 25 percent of the total hours required for the program in residence at Florida State College at Jacksonville. Credit by examination and credit for prior learning do not count toward this residency requirement.
Complete the required semester hours, as specified by the degree, of which a minimum of 15 semester hours must be General Education requirements.
Demonstrated competency in civic literacy in accordance with s. 1007.25, Florida Statutes (F.S.) and State Board of Education Rule 6A-10.02413, Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.). Pursuant to guidelines established by Senate Bill 1108, competency is demonstrated by completion of one of two civic literacy courses (either course or course) with a grade of C or higher AND by achievement of the standard score on a state-approved assessment.
Earned a grade of a C or higher in each course used to satisfy the general education requirements and any other area designated with a C or higher requirement.
Fulfill all obligations, financial or otherwise, to the College before graduating.
Note: Students are cautioned to pay particular attention to the following statements.
A student’s graduation date will be the date of the end of the College term in which the student has fulfilled all academic requirements. (The removal of an incomplete grade does not affect students’ graduation dates since the grade change is effective at the end of the term in which the incomplete grade was assigned rather than the term in which the incomplete work was made up.)
Students who enter under the (2023/2024) catalog will be assigned to the degree or certificate requirements in effect during the 2023/2024 academic year. The student’s assigned catalog year will remain in effect as long as the student maintains continuous enrollment. Changes to requirements as mandated by law or by rule of the District Board of Trustees may supersede this provision.
Many courses in this catalog have prerequisite and/or corequisite courses which are listed in the course descriptions. Students are advised to be guided by these requirements.
Students who place into developmental education courses are required to complete designated developmental education courses with a grade of C or higher regardless of program of study.